Saturday Night Takeaway viewers were in tears after presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly gave an unsuspecting couple a brand new house as the show returned after a two year absence.

The TV duo surprised couple Petra and Simon with a house in Newcastle on Saturday night's show.

Petra and Simon were in the audience when Ant and Dec revealed they were giving away a house, before bringing them onto the stage.

They revealed they knew that they had lost their daughter Darcey and that Petra ran a charity which had supported over 2000 bereaved children and their families ever since.

The couple, who have three children, had never been able to afford their own home.

Ant told them: "That brand new house, that house now belongs to you and here are the keys.

"We couldn't find a more deserving family than you."

Viewers were in tears at the huge gesture.

Saturday Night Takeaway last aired in 2018 and a new series has not been broadcast since Ant McPartlin was arrested for drink driving in March of that year.

Neither mentioned McPartlin's time away from the spotlight as they kicked off the new series of the show.

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